Soft Riot - No Longer Stranger [pan053]
Panospria presents the debut release of Soft Riot with this collection of isolationist night music.
Run time 29:25
No Longer Stranger isn't late night club music, but sounds of dimly lit rooms and dark street corners. Conceptualized a few years back after late nights under an influence, Soft Riot came to be as a musical creation of JJD (Jack Duckworth) of the London, England based psych electronic post-punk outfit Savage Furs.
Tracing a trajectory from his former home of Vancouver BC, the tracks from No Longer Stranger were built in pieces over months and months in his new English home and then completed in a few feverish weeks after a large stroke of inspiration. Themes from science fiction, isolation, fantasy, romance and psychedelia run throughout the course of this collection of "space ballads". Drawing inspiration from synthesizer-based film soundtracks of yesteryear, drones, minimal wave electronics past and present and a heavy dose of throbbing appregiated rhythms, the tracks of No Longer Stranger are minimal pulsing pop songs coming from the distance with whispering voices weaving throughout.
Soft Riot is JJD: Voice, electric guitar, synthesizers, programming, found sounds.
All tracks written by Soft Riot (Jack Duckworth/JJD) except "Electrolux" (c)1994 Hoover from "The Lurid Traversal of Route 7".
All artwork by JJD. Recorded 2008-2010 throughout East London, England.
* UPDATE, JANUARY 2013 *
Two years after our release of the Soft Riot debut "No Longer Stranger", we have taken the audio files offline. This album has now been reissued on Volar Records with two bonus tracks on limited edition green vinyl: Volar Records & iTunes
February 28, 2011
review from You Indie
No Longer Stranger, our first introduction to the electro post-goth/punk output of Soft Riot, aka Jack Duckworth (Savage Furs, A Luna Red, Radio Berlin, etc.) is an exercise in spooky aesthetics that sets its hazy mood with dark drones, throbbing electronic rhythms, and dread-dripping soundscapes. This is really no surprise since Duckworth pieced this collection together in his new home in East London, a local with ties to Throbbing Gristle and Jack The Ripper. “Holding Cash In Fields of Ash” is a chilling launchpad with a steady pulse of minimalist electronics. The bellowing, affected vocals and electro percussion of “Your Strange New Career” is tried and true panic attack inducing machine music. “Tragic Magic” has a rhythm-oriented backbone that gives it a sleazy swing. The creepy synth swells make it another distended, and disturbing banger. Duckworth also reinterprets Hoover’s “Electrolux” (from The Lurid Traversal of Route 7) giving it a savage pulse that draws it into a black hole of electronic isolation never realized by the original. If you’re looking for something to listen to in the dark, this is definitely not it. If you’re looking for inspired electronic music that will give you the creeps, this is a keeper.
Recommended for fans of: Savage Furs, Peter Murphy, Throbbing Gristle, spooky shit